For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can end up with pricey looks and a short shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t weather the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Families don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look passé if it’s oversaturated with trendy pieces.”
Through many remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a frequent place where people are more likely to be drawn to trends. It would make sense that because you spend so much time there, your bedroom should reflect a personal style that is updated and stylish.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and modern, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By maintaining flexibility in your design selections, and using a good strategy, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a style that’s hot today, but cools tomorrow.
That starts with having a realistic approach to which parts of the room are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really love, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments like beds, sofas or flooring are the most frequent elements where homeowners can get caught up in the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises indulging in accessories or painting the walls in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to reset when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can design a room that balances what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and capture today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. Even though pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she foresees a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Designing a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a bedroom feel like a warm pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the sense of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel enveloped when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a style that stays impactful, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all looks, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to financial investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless choice of black window frames, when paired with a quality product, can make bedroom windows a standout of any design for years to come.
“I recently used the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style because we needed top-notch windows with streamlined style and their product fit perfectly,” she says.
The other benefit of black window frames, according to Frederiksen: Even the window hardware influences the look. “The small details can make or break a room, down to window hardware, and this was very important to my client,” she says. “The Pella hardware created a bold, contemporary look that fit well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall look, with numerous pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that big pieces can take over wall space in a way that presents more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes walls include too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a relaxing room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but bringing more impact in bedroom design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are featuring textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room instead of a solid color.
“It provides a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One other trend Frederiksen recommends for those looking to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before relaxing. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s remodels and inspirations, stop by Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Petoskey Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.